Friday, 19 August 2011

How does your garden grow?

I've had in mind for some time to create a canvas which depicts a garden scene using grungey flowers and the Tim Holtz Bird Cage. I had the basic design in my head but it evolved as I went along. This was my finish product:

I'm really pleased with the end result. I used scrunched up tissue to define the sky at the top and the grass at the bottom which I applied with Gel Medium (matte), I coloured using the Eco-Friendly acrylic paints. Using stencils and moulding paste I created the crown and floral flourish and painted these using the Eco-Friendly acrylic paints. I used cordinations paper for the flowers and the branches which I sanded down. The flowers were made using spiral dies. The large yellow flower was made by scrunching tissue paper and dictionary pages which I had sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Mist and glued together. The white flower was hand painted and I added a flower button in the centre to finish it off.
Grunge paper was used for the birds, bird cage and the bracket. I finished my canvas off by using jump rings, steam punk jailers keys and pearls.

I am going to use this for a future workshop so watch this space!

A few competitions:

craftyourpassionchallenges - Anything but a card
allsortschallenge - Anything but a card
creativecardcrew - Handmade flowers
paperplaytime - Anything Goes
craftsandmechallenges - Anything Goes
craftuscrazy - Anything Goes
paper-craftingjourney - Anything Goes
creativecraftchallenges2 - Anything but a card
shellysimagesblog - Anything Goes
dreamvalleychallenges - Distressing
makeitmonday - Anything Goes


  1. Such a gorgeous card Joanie...and fabulous colours and design too hun...

    have a lovely weekend...hugs Vicky xx

  2. Great project Joanie. Your flowers are beautiful and looks perfect in your garden
    Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week and good luck!
    Big hugs, Jill

  3. Beautiful card Joanie. Love the bird cage and the flowers are so pretty. a lovely garden.

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  4. Fabulous canvas! Love all your flower details! Great idea for the sky! Beautiful garden!

  5. Beautiful canvas, love all the details you put into this work of art! Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenges.

  6. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Craft Your Passion. Looking forward to seeing more of your work soon!

  7. oh really love this its just gorgeous great colors and detail on this bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this week hugs cherylxxxxx

  8. Beautiful card! I love those fab flowers :-) Thankyou for joining us at Dream Valley! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  9. what a wonderful little scene - love the bird cage
    Thanks for linking up to Make it Monday
    Lisa x

  10. Beautiful card, I love your handmade flowers.

  11. This is really cool! I love all the texture on your project!

  12. Thank you for crafting with us this week at Craft Your Passion Challenge and we hope to see you again soon!!


  13. Such a gorgeous creations♥. Love your bird cage and flower♥.

    Hugs Marita♫♫

  14. What a great canvas, and scene you have created.

    Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
    Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

  15. I would be so pleased with this result also Joanie the canvas is stunning. Love the grungy handmade flowers and the tissue sky is just a fabulous idea.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  16. Joanie, this is stunning. I love all the different mediums that you used on this project.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


  17. A gorgeous project. I love the tissue sky and the flowers are fab. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft.
    Nikki x

  18. This is gorgeous, I love the flowers. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge. Bev x

  19. thanks for joining us at PCJ this time with a beautiful creation
    Jacki xx